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What's My Line? Premiere Telecast (1950)

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What's My Line? Premiere Telecast (1950)

Published 1950

Firstly, I apologize for the sub-par quality of this episode, I tranferred it from an old VHS recording I had and put in on my PC. Other episodes I have vary in quality.

This episode features on the panel: former New Jersey governor Harold Hoffman, columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, poet Louis Untermeyer, and psychiatrist Richard Hoffman.

Broadcast Information: February 2, 1950, 8PM ET, CBS

Host: John Charles Daly

Run time 28 minutes 30 seconds
Producer John Charles Daly
Production Company CBS Television
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: richgoup - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2012
Subject: Premiere Telecast (What`s My Line).
Season 1, episode 1.
Original air date: 2 February 1950.
The contestants include a Stork Club hatcheck girl, a diaper service executive, a veterinarian, and mystery celebrity Phil Rizutto, shortstop with the New York Yankees.
Cast: John Daly (Moderator), Dr. Richard Hoffmann (Panelist), Louis Untermeyer (Panelist), Dorothy Kilgallen (Panelist), Harold Hoffman (Panelist), Pat Finch (Contestant), Arthur Feinberg (Contestant), Seymour Kolodny (Contestant). Phil Rizzuto (Mystery Guest), Madeline Tyler (Blindfold Distributor) and Lee Vines (Announcer: uncrdited).
Reviewer: orderofjames - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2012
Subject: Great classic TV
"Would you do a kick for me?" HA! That's some great classic sexism right there. Love this old show.
Reviewer: rpforrest - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2010
Subject: Well worth watching
Its great to see the premiere episode of this long running program,hope to see more episodes!
Reviewer: grcfl1ofaknd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2010
Subject: Interesting early curio
I recall watching this show in its later years (I wasn't even born yet at this premiere episode) and enjoyed it immensely. Very interesting to watch this premiere video and see to what extent the contestants practically had to jump through hoops to satisfy the panel. I felt dreadfully sorry for that poor girl Pat Finch as she was scrutinized by the panel. The show was much better in its later years. But it is interesting to note the intelligence of the panel. Thank you for uploading. Good quality.
Reviewer: Earlon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2010
Subject: A catalog site for Classic TV shows
If you like Classic TV from of the 50's, I found a catalog site that makes it easy to find and watch episodes streaming from at:

The Classic TV Channel

There are currently over 400 individual episodes of about 30 different programs, and the site is growing day by day. Check it out!
Reviewer: Cevad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2009
Subject: A True Classic!
WML is one of my favorite classic game shows and I have enjoyed it on this archive as well as on Game Show Network. This is the first time I have seen this premiere episode and it is a real treat.

Luckily, the show tweaked it's format and panel to include Mr. Cerf and Ms. Francis while retaining Ms. Kilgallen. Mr. Daley was of course the best host of all and one can never forget the razor or deodorant cut-outs that decorated the panel's desk.

I have always been bothered by how the audience would constantly give the contestant away when the panel had a conference and got even close. I thought it was so unfair and that the contestant should have received the full prize when the audience gave it away. GRRRRRR!

Unfortunately, the WML of the color television days was barely worth watching. Ms. Francis stuck it out and made it almost worthwhile but it just wasn't the same.
Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2009
Subject: A Review
I'd like to thank uploader "John Quigley" for uploading this item. Though it is a bit more stiff than many later episodes, this is still an amusing example of early TV. Much of the shows format is there from this start, though one panel members would quickly be replaced due to a blacklisting (or something along those lines).

The prizes money may not have been much ($US30 in 1950 is about $US268.67 in 2009 money) but that doesn't really hurt the show.

To my knowledge, the first 3 or so episodes still exist, but much of the first two seasons is lost, then starting from (and I could be wrong) 1952 it survives largely intact.

Rated PG.

Very enjoyable.
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